Internxchange is a summer program for young American journalism students in Berlin, Germany. As part of the program, I was assigned to intern at the Jüdische Allgemeine Wochenzeitung, a major Jewish weekly newspaper. I have continued to report and write occasionally for the newspaper since returning to the United States. All my published content (in German) follows below. For more information on the program visit the website of the German Academic Exchange Service

Freelance Work After the Program

Zurück in Windy City
Does Rahm Emanuel have the Jewish vote in his campaign for Chicago Mayor? This story was reported in the fall of 2010 as Emanuel left his post of White House Chief of Staff to run for the Mayor of Chicago. The article examines Emanuel's chances of being elected, in particular when it comes to Chicago's Jewish community.

Der Unpolitische
This story was reported and published during the presidential campaign in the fall of 2008. It is a profile of African American Rabbi Capers C. Funnye Jr. of the Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation in Chicago. A prominent Rabbi, Funnye is a relative of Michelle Obama. See the bottom-half of the page.

During the Program

Neue Erfahrung
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Eine Frage der Ehre
Two articles written in collaboration with a colleague and published in the Jüdische Algemeine Wochenzeitung about Antisemitic threats and violence that occured in different Jewish communities throughout Germany in the summer of 2008. Although a difficult subject, reporting these stories was especially exciting since I was able to not only practice my German, but use Russian to communicate with the large Russian-Jewish community living in Germany

Alles koscher
Published in the Jüdische Algemeine Wochenzeitung and written just before the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, this story is about the preparations China was taking to welcome visitors of all world religions, from the opening of Kosher restaurants to the building of separate prayer houses for each religion. See right-upper corner.

Wer bin ich?
This article compares the life stories of two young immigrant women from the former Soviet Union. As one of the women, I wrote about my experiences in Russia, Israel and the United States.

The Rotarian Magazine

The Rotarian Magazine is the official magazine of Rotary International, an international service club organization headquartered in Evanston, IL. The magazine is published in English and more than 20 other languages. As an intern for the magazine in the fall of 2008, I fact checked and edited stories, as well as wrote a few original pieces that are included below. For more information about Rotary International or its magazine, visit

Front-line advocate for peace
This story was written for Reconnections, a newsletter for alumni of scholarships and stipends offered by the Rotary Foundation. The story is a profile of Ryan Gawn, a former Rotary World Peace Fellow and international external relations coordinator for Save the Children UK.